The art of Kevin Blythe Sampson

THE ART OF
KEVIN BLYTHE SAMPSON

3/21/11

Rob Pruitt to unveil Warhol shrine - artreview.com

Rob Pruitt to unveil Warhol shrine - artreview.com


The artist Rob Pruitt is to unveil as a figurative sculpture of Andy Warhol in Union Square Park, New York. The work, 7-foot, in a neo-classical style, and situated opposite the building in which Warhol's Factory was based, is intended to act as a shrine and site of pilgrimage for the late artist's fans. Pruitt explains emotively, "There are hundreds of monuments to politicians in the New York City, but I can’t think of any monuments to artists, and other figures who actually represent the lived experience of most of the people who live here. When I was a teenager, I visited Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, where Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are buried. I was struck by the throngs of people that came to visit the tombs of their idols. When Andy Warhol died, his family had his remains sent back to Pittsburgh, where he was born, and so no such marker for him exists in New York. But Andy, like so many other artists and performers and people who don’t fit in, moved to New York to be himself, fulfill his dreams and make it big. That’s why I moved here, and that’s what my Andy Monument is about.